Muffin's

The colorful mural on the side of the building at Muffin's Ice Cream Shoppe in downtown Mebane. The business is celebrating its 10-year anniversary on Saturday.

For the past 10 years in Mebane, few places have flipped more frowns upside-down than Muffin’s Ice Cream Shoppe. The quaint, throw-back small business has become a destination for folks seeking frozen sweets, and it’s now celebrating a decade of serving scoops of icy, creamy joy.

On Sept. 17, Muffin’s will kick off a day of festivities to mark its 10-year anniversary. There will be games, a bounce house, face painting, music, and more, and ice cream.

Ross Poore, who opened Muffin’s in 2012, said the 10 years in business has been everything he’s hoped it would be.

“I’ve made some good friends out here,” he said. “I like seeing the girls come in here to work. They sometimes come in here when their 15-years-old, and even after they’ve gone on to college, they still will come back to work, and I really appreciate that.”

Poore opened Muffin’s in honor of his longtime partner, Arlene Nutter, who in 2010, passed away from cancer.

“I was kind of looking for something to do to honor her,” Poore said. “That little shop became available to rent and talked about and I said, ‘OK, well we’ll do it.’” 

Poore, who is from Australia, met Muffin in 1997 at Maple View Farm just south of Mebane, where she was working with her brother, Bob Nutter, who managed the milk plant and Maple View Farm Milk Co.

Arlene would go on to manage the Maple View Farm Ice Cream shop until 2008. In 2021, Maple View Farm ended its dairy operations, but kept open its ice cream and country store. All of the ice cream sold at Muffin’s is from Maple View.

Poore has kept a large photo of Muffin at his store as a daily reminder of why he originally opened his business.

Muffin’s Ice Cream Shoppe has a staff of about nine part-time workers, one of whom — Terri Shue — has been with Muffin’s since a few weeks after it opened. Poore’s eyesight has recently deteriorated, and Shue picks him up three days a week to bring him into the store.

“She’s the boss,” he said with a laugh. “I can’t do anything without her. I’d probably close down the shop if she leaves.” 

Poore said he enjoys ice cream, but doesn’t eat a lot of it. “I like to try different flavors,” he said. “My favorite is probably Carolina Crunch, which was originally called Crooning Clay’s Carolina Crunch (after local singer Clay Aiken). Then we shortened the name.”

The store continues to offer a variety of flavors that can be enjoyed on cake, sugar, or waffle cones. Sundaes are also made-to-order, as well as milkshakes. Once you have your froze treat, you can have a seat inside, outside, or around the corner in front of the colorful and iconic mural on the side of Muffin’s building.

The Muffin’s 10-Year Anniversary Customer Appreciation Day will be Sept. 17, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100062058985166